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Wind Power Program Targets Journalists

Wind Power Program Targets Journalists

February 17, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] The Alternative Energy Institute at West Texas State University has won a grant to conduct a two-day educational program for journalists to give them a better understanding of the possibilities and problems related to increased use of wind energy, according to the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA). A wide range of current opinions about wind energy […]
From ‘Darkness’ to Light…

From ‘Darkness’ to Light…

There is a saying amongst Irish peasantry to inspire hope amidst adverse circumstances. It says “Remember, that the darkest hour of all, is just before the day.” It should not evoke much surprise, if one was to find this pasted at regular intervals in the offices of India’s various Ministries under the newly formed Government!  The new financial year in India has been marked […]
Solar Equipment Development: Going From Fuzzy to Focused

Solar Equipment Development: Going From Fuzzy to Focused

One of the toughest things about starting a tool development design and build project is that, in most cases, the overall requirements for tool functionality and performance are not yet really focused. The group tasked with this tool development responsibility, however, is told to get moving on the project because "we are already late." In fact, the picture of what is needed is still kind of fuzzy, with few if any critical details clearly delineated.
Bringing the Utility and Solar Markets Together — Peacefully

Bringing the Utility and Solar Markets Together — Peacefully

When procuring solar onto the grid, utilities shouldn’t have to recreate the wheel, said Solar Electric Power Association CEO Julia Hamm at the PV America conference this week in Boston, Massachusetts, but the process also shouldn't be a contentious cat fight. So Hamm posed a question for attendees: "How do we change the nature of this discourse – we don't want to be kittens, but how do we get away from lions fighting each other?"
Make solar panels is equal to money in your pocket

Make solar panels is equal to money in your pocket

????????????????? Make solar panels: Discover how to make your own wind and solar power system for your home.   Use a proven renewable energy guide to make solar panels and wind turbine electricity,  systems that would reduce your high electric bill without paying thousands of dollars to solar panel and electric companies.   To make solar panels for home use […]
Tesla Motors: Automaker or Graphic Novel?

Tesla Motors: Automaker or Graphic Novel?

One of the hardest parts of blogging about energy storage and vehicle electrification is the inability of some readers to wrap their minds around large numbers. We throw around numbers like thousand, million, billion and even trillion with surprising alacrity, but many fail to grasp their significance because the underlying realities are too big to comprehend.
Offshore Score since 2001: Europe 24, U.S. 0

Offshore Score since 2001: Europe 24, U.S. 0

There are those who believe that the permitting process for the Cape Wind project is moving too fast, who regard the first offshore wind farm proposal in the U.S. with the same caution one might apply to the introduction of a new, unproven line of pharmaceuticals. There are also those who cannot comprehend the ponderous nature of our permitting process, having answered half a generation ago those questions that many in America still insist are untested and unresolved.
Lower Gasoline Prices Are Not the Answer

Lower Gasoline Prices Are Not the Answer

Politics being what they are I suppose I should not be surprised that Senator Kerry is using the currently high price of gasoline to bash President Bush. Nevertheless, I am disheartened.
Too Good to Fail: What’s Wrong with the Electric Grid?

Too Good to Fail: What’s Wrong with the Electric Grid?

The temperature is 100 degrees and we have no air conditioning, no running water, no telephone and no Internet. It’s been 60 hours since our household lost electricity because of the super derecho, a rare surprise storm that swept ten U.S. states and the nation’s capital on June 29. About 5 million of us suddenly are living in conditions of […]
No Fuel Costs: The Sexy, Seduction of Renewables

No Fuel Costs: The Sexy, Seduction of Renewables

  No fuel costs. That is renewable energy’s most powerful and seductive selling point. No need to discuss climate change with all its emotional hot buttons. No need to explain and justify how much carbon is avoided. No need to politicize the discussion. It’s simple. It’s sexy. It’s seductive. And it will drive investment. No fuel costs. Renewable energy has […]